Born and reared on the Eastside of Santa
Barbara, California, Lelania experienced a Chicano/Hippie hybrid
childhood. Later as a homeless teen, she bounced between Long Beach,
Hollywood, and her hometown of Santa Barbara before relocating to
In the late 1980’s she became part of a
thriving music and arts scene and she began songwriting for local
She writes about PTSD, Sexual Violence,
California nature themes and is a mental health activist.
Her poetry has most recently been published
in Quiet Rooms, and VOICES, global anthologies published
by Cold River Press.
Under a Milk Glass Moon, is her first collection of Poetry.
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An excellent debut collection of poetry. Lelania’s
long strophic lines and sparkler-like images propel these excursions
into another realm. The work is not lyrical or narrative but cuts a
lovely landscape between these genres. Refreshing to read and re-read. A
most enjoyable work.
Lelania Fowler’s Under A Milk Glass Moon is, I am convinced, a
collection of hymns to the Hindu goddess Kali, Mother of All, adorned in
her necklace of human heads. There is a female energy in this writing to
which I, as a male, have been blind and deaf, a feminine language in
which I am not fluent. Even so, the poems themselves contain keys to
help me unlock doors I never knew existed.
Her imagery paints a powerful picture. “Standing outside myself like a
stick figure in a cave painting, snagged on shadows that are love
letters to scars” (Sky Punch); “Words of spite come back to shake like
the sound of a basket of snail shells” (In Spite of it All)
After reading this first collection of her poetry I asked myself “when
is the next collection to appear?” Let’s hope it is coming soon.
Robert Lee Haycock